Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1973 Porsche 914
Here's how the 914 came to be, according to Classic Motorsports: In the late 60s, Porsche needed a replacement for the 911's low-rent four-cylinder cousin, the 912. At the same time, VW needed a replacement for the Karmann-Ghia that would ideally be more than just a fanciful-bodied Beetle. Perhaps over some hefeweizen and sauerkraut, (these are the only things I know about Germany), Ferry Porsche and VW executive Heinz Nordhoff hammered out an agreement where their respective companies would build the car together.
For consignment the joint venture between Porsche and VW in the form of a 1970 Porsche 914. This air-cooled boxer style mid-engine car has the engine of a VW and suspension of a Porsche. Styling was a mixture of square and rectangle design with some aero thrown in for giggles and an open targa top if you wished. Hidden headlights, and mid-engine design that lasted until 1976.
They call me mellow yellow...Quite Right!, and we can call this one mellow yellow. (Actually, it's officially Saturn Yellow). With its early 1970's design making use of the square and rectangle, we see straight steel bathed in yellow. This exterior has just a few minor scratches to speak of on the body, otherwise all else is excellent. Hidden headlights, a chrome and plastic topped bumper pre 5mph crash regulations, and some vertical signal lights angling downward towards the bumper on either front corner. On top is the removable panel that is supported in front by the windshield and in back by the small flying buttress B pillars and vertical rear glass. Some black mesh venting just below the window keeps the mid-engine cool and has P O R S C H E badging attached. Horizontal tail lighting wraps the rear quarters and just below is a shiny bumper with a dent or two in the chrome. Mahle alloy wheels grace all corners and even an additional 5th wheel as the spare is the same.
Simple, small, but very ergonomic thin semi high back black vinyl buckets with sparse padding awaits the passengers. The consigner states this is the original interior. The console gauge package rises from the console to the dash. Upfront the original dash pad with no cracks or errors is seen, and black carpeting covers the floors. This car also has R134 A/C and an AM/FM radio. The targa removable top is new, but appears just a bit faded on top.
Mid-engine means Mid-engine, and this story is topped by looking under the hood, and lifting the trunk and you'll be saying "look ma!...no engine!" Well kids, it's under that mesh panel just below the rear glass. Yes, a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine is shoehorned into this space reserved for it. It is topped by a dual Weber 2v carb replacement setup and has a 5-speed manual transmission on back. There is a 4.429 final drive on the rear axle. Noted this engine has been completely rebuilt by a Lancaster county Porsche technician who also did the dual carb conversion.
Some slight patina is noted on this aero paneled undercarriage. Independent suspension is all around as are disc brakes. Dual exhaust is exhaling out the back of the car.
A fun little Porsche that exhibits nice handling capabilities, some snappy acceleration, and good solid braking. The interior was comfortable and surprisingly roomy.
An extra added Appearance group: console gauge package, Port install AC R134, 5 Mahle wheels, and a console cushion. Yellow paint is looking good, slight fading on the top, and a clean interior. The spare tire has never been on the ground!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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